Student wins award in Cricket Magazine

HUNTERSVILLE – Elizabeth Redmond, a 14-year-old at Lake Norman Christian School in Davidson, received third prize in the March 2014 Cricket League poetry competition.

Entrants were asked to submit an original poem about anything.

Elizabeth’s poem, “Life’s Great Inquiry,” appears on the Cricket League pages of the July/August 2014 issue and

With an ABCD rhyme scheme, the poem achieves a storybook-esque style. Redmond even sneaks in an Avicii reference, from his song “Wake me up,” when she says “If life is a game and love is the prize.”



Student named finalist in national theater awards

CHARLOTTE – Mekhai Lee, a recent Northwest School of the Arts graduate, was among three finalists for Best Actor at the 2014 National High School Musical Theater Awards on June 30 in New York.

“It was such an exhilarating week,” Lee said. “Hearing my name called out as a finalist was an unreal experience. It is truly something I will never forget.”

The National High School Musical Theater Awards is a weeklong Broadway “boot camp” and competition for the winners of high school musical theater awards from across the United States.


Primrose School hosts grand opening

HUNTERSVILLE – Cheryl and Fred Jenkins celebrated the grand opening of the new Primrose School of Huntersville on July 12 at 9552 Kincey Ave.

Adding approximately 25-30 new jobs and $3 million in local project costs, the 11,000-square-foot school is poised to serve more than 165 children and families.

The school will offer a curriculum, which blends teacher-guided and child-initiated activities with a special emphasis on character development, for children 6 weeks to 6 years old.

Primrose School of Huntersville will offer an after-school program in the fall for students up to age 12. 

The school will feature 10 classrooms with wireless technology, as well as four playgrounds to accommodate each stage of the children's early development.

The Jenkins also own Primrose School of Cornelius.

Details: or 704-875-7700.


Woodlawn students qualify for AP Scholar Awards
DAVIDSON – Six students from Woodlawn's most recent graduating class qualified for Advanced Placement Scholar Awards. 

Three graduates – Mary Rood Cunningham of Davidson, Mackenzie Lorch of Iron Station, and Jules Winkle of Mooresville – will be named AP Scholars due to scoring 3 or higher on at least 3 AP exams. 

John Patrick Shaw and Maisie Wills, of Davidson, will be designated AP Scholars with Distinction due to scoring 3 or higher on at least five exams and averaging at least 3.5 over all exams. 

Sydney Bowman, of Cornelius, qualified for the highest award, National AP Scholar, by scoring 4 or higher on at least eight exams and averaging at least 4.0 over all exams.

Woodlawn offers nine AP courses. Students who score 3 or above on AP exams are often awarded college credit or placed in higher-level college courses. 


College featured in resource guide

DAVIDSON – Davidson College received high marks in the 31st edition of the Fiske Guide to College.

Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the book includes 300-plus schools from the United States, Canada, Ireland and Great Britain.

“Has always been styled as the ‘Dartmouth of the South’” the guide reports on the college. “Goes head-to-head with Washington and Lee (VA) as the top liberal arts college below the Mason-Dixon Line.”

The college guide includes a full description of each school, tips from current students about the ins and outs of their colleges and exclusive ratings for each school.


Grand Oak Elementary students win digital storytelling award

HUNTERSVILLE – Haley Bowland, Ella Hoyt and Alli Lates won a digital storytelling award for their work in creating a model of Grand Oak Elementary using the game Minecraft.

The students were honored at the International Society for Technology in Education conference this month in Atlanta. The nonprofit serves educators committed to empowering learners in a connected world.

Three Grand Oak staff members, Jennifer Brinn, Trish Cloud and Jen Sieracki, attended the event.


Tornberg serves as page in Raleigh

RALEIGH – Jonathan Tornberg, a student at Community School of Davidson, recently served as a page for the N.C. House of Representatives. 

He is the son of Mark and Denise Tornberg, of Huntersville, and was sponsored by Rep. Charles Jeter.  Speaker of the House Thom Tillis appoints pages and introduces each one to members and citizens in the House gallery at the start of each week during Monday night’s session.

For decades, the State House has relied on the service of pages, who help deliver bills and amendments for Representatives during daily House sessions and committee meetings, offer assistance in individual Representatives’ offices and run errands around the Legislature. 

Pages spend a week at the General Assembly assisting members and their staff and learning about the structure of North Carolina government.